“We moved to Orlando in 1989, when my husband was hired at Disney. I didn’t know anyone down here, and was a stay-at-home mom with our first daughter, Betsy (then a 6-month-old). I was very homesick, and visited family more than I was in Orlando! Shortly after having our second daughter, Lily, my mom said, “You need to find a church where you can worship, find some nice people, and make some friends!” I looked around town, and in spring of 1992 I found St. Luke’s.
I happened to come on a Sunday where the dancers, banner carriers, and choir all processed in; I was so impressed! The then new pastor, Bill Barnes, gave a sermon on loneliness, and to stop feeling sorry for yourself, get out there and get involved. I felt like I was the only one in church that day, and that he was talking directly to me!
I looked in the bulletin and saw there were some classes offered – with FREE childcare – so of course I signed up! Not long after, I applied for an open position with childcare. I was hired, and could bring our girls to work with me. Eventually I made new friends, and over time stopped traveling home as much. I worked on the Wednesday night childcare team, and the room they used then was the first room you came into in Building B. I could hear the choir rehearsing upstairs, and always thought, “Someday, I want to sing with them!”
In 1995, I finally got up the nerve to try the choir, and I loved it. I went back the next week, and can still remember Brian McCormick saying, “Oh Georgia, I’m so happy you came back, we really need you.” I don’t remember ever feeling so welcome or wanted anywhere. I later found out he would say that to every new person so they would feel welcome. I soon started saying it, too, because it’s so true.
Through the years I have branched out with different groups at St. Luke’s, and have volunteered for many different activities. I have friends that have become family, whom I love, and know will always be there for me (as I would be for them). My children have grown up there, and I’m always home when I’m there. So get involved, volunteer for something, and join the family!”
Member since 1992